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  • Access statement 

    Introduction Our Disability Access statement has been developed utilising: The Enjoy England National Accessibility Scheme The Disability Rights…

  • Afternoon Tea 

    A Blakelow Afternoon Tea Homemade afternoon tea with Prosecco New for 2016, we invite you, our guests to enjoy afternoon tea served in your cottage. T…

  • Availability 

    View from behind Christmas Cottage Book your holiday How to book or price your holiday cottage: Click your start date - Start dates are shown with the…

    • Late availability 

      Sorry there are no late availability offers at the moment ... please see our Availability page for more details.

    • Two person discount 

      We know that Candle Cottage books very quickly, so may not be available for the dates you require.  As an alternative we are happy to offer Cranberry Cottage…

    • Two week stay 

      10% discount A discount of 10% will be applied to holidays of two consecutive weeks or more. View our cottages:

  • Booking 

    Whilst we do offer online booking facility via our Availability search, if you would prefer to speak to us and make your booking personally then we are more…

    • Booking refund protection 

      We offer guests Refund Protection, administered by Booking Protect Ltd. Refund Protection enables you to apply for a 100% refund in certain circumstances…

    • Terms and conditions 

      Cancellation Legally, on agreement and acceptance of a holiday, a contract is made been you and us.  Us to provide the holiday as described and you to…

  • Celebratory Evening Meal 

    For those with something special to celebrate we are happy to cook for you, serve your dinner in your cottage course by course at a time to suit you. For…

  • Contact us 

    Please complete a few details below and we'll get back to you 🙂 Alternatively: Telephone: 01629 650814; or Post: Mr Steve Ogan, Blakelow Farm…

  • Cottages 

    Take a look at our luxury Derbyshire self catering holiday cottages we have to offer. Each has been lovingly converted from the former stone barns, designed…

    • Around Blakelow Farm - Gallery 

      Within yards of your holiday cottage front door there area lovely sights - click any image to see it enlarged, you can then scroll through the Around Blakelow…

    • Candle Cottage - Sleeps 2 

      Candle Cottage - Sleeps 2 Candle Cottage sleeps 2, you enter this luxury self catering cottage from the gravel and flag stone courtyard into the splendid…

      • Candle Cottage - Availability and booking 

        Candle Cottage - Sleeps 2 Please use the calendar below to search for the dates you require. If you find availability to suit your requirements click…

      • Candle Cottage - Gallery 

        Click any image of Candle Cottage in our gallery to see it enlarge – you can then scroll through all of the images. Candle Cottage is a luxury self…

    • Chestnut Cottage - Sleeps 1 

      Chestnut Cottage - Sleeps 1 Chestnut Cottage sleeps 1 and is the perfect holiday cottage for the single traveller, it is named after the large Horse…

      • Chestnut Cottage - Availability and booking 

        Chestnut Cottage - Sleeps 1 Please use the calendar below to search for the dates you require. If you find availability to suit your requirements click…

      • Chestnut Cottage - Gallery 

        Click any image of Chestnut Cottage in our gallery to see it enlarged - you can then scroll through the images. Chestnut Cottage is a luxury self…

    • Christmas Cottage - Sleeps 4 

      Christmas Cottage - sleeps 4 Christmas Cottage sleeps 4, as you enter the cottage from the courtyard into the spacious sitting room/dining area you will…

      • Christmas Cottage - Availability and booking 

        Christmas Cottage - Sleeps 4 Please use the calendar below to search for the dates you require. If you find availability to suit your requirements click…

      • Christmas Cottage - Gallery 

        Click any image of Christmas Cottage in our gallery to see it enlarge – you can then scroll through all of the images. Christmas Cottage has 'probably'…

    • Concierge service 

      Concierge service Our discrete concierge service is designed to ensure that every moment of your stay is spent relaxing and enjoying time with your…

    • Cottage equipment 

      As well as all of the usual crockery, cutlery etc you can expect to find our cottages equipped with: Duvets, linen, towels and bathrobes Electric…

    • Cranberry Cottage - Sleeps 4 

      Cranberry Cottage - Sleeps 4 Relax in this beautiful contemporary cottage and let your cares fade away, meticulous attention to detail makes this cottage…

      • Cranberry Cottage - Availability and booking 

        Cranberry Cottage - Sleeps 4 Please use the calendar below to search for the dates you require. If you find availability to suit your requirements click…

      • Cranberry Cottage - Gallery 

        Click any image of Cranberry Cottage in our gallery to see it enlarged - you can then scroll through the images. Cranberry Cottage is a luxury self…

    • Getting here 

      Public transport to Blakelow Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages are situated in a beautiful, rural, location ... therefore we're not on a train or bus…

    • Our video 

      Our latest virtual tour of Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages:

    • Short break 

      Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages - pictured in autumn What better way to relax and unwind than a weekend break or a short break in the Derbyshire's Peak…

    • Spa treatments 

      It is with great delight that we offer our guests My Personal Sanctuary treatments including: warming deep tissue massages cleansing and detoxifying body…

    • The welcome hamper 

      The Welcome Hamper for our Blakelow cottages guests … we are passionate about the Peak District, promoting the very best it has to offer, starting with…

    • Visitors book 

      These are recent extracts from our visitors book: Chestnut Cottage - 2013 Brenda - Leicestershire “what a super cottage (and I’ve tried quite a…

    • What's included? 

      To ensure that your stay is just as perfect as can be here's what you can expect! Our luxury Welcome hamper - a true taste of the Peak District Beds…

  • Escapes 

    We make it our mission at Blakelow to make every stay a special one, here are some extra special ways we can help: Christmas at Blakelow Romance in…

    • Christmas at Blakelow 

      The Blakelow Festive Season Christmas Cottage at Christmas! Crisp winter mornings, starry nights, exquisitely decorated trees, roaring fires, mulled…

    • Romance in the Peaks 

      Just imagine a very special romantic retreat, a beautifully appointed stylish cottage set in the beautiful Peak District National Park ... you have discovered…

    • Stargazing – Discover our Dark Night Sky 

      The Orion constellation With our big, open skies you’ll be amazed by what you can see as you sit on your cottage terrace. Over the past 100 years, our…

  • Home 

    A very warm welcome to luxury Derbyshire holiday cottages -  our much loved 5 star, GOLD, self catering holiday cottages at Blakelow Farm in the beautiful…

    • About us 

      5 Star Self Catering holiday cottages Steve Ogan welcomes you to Blakelow Farm Holiday cottages, the perfect place to relax, unwind, adjust to the…

      • Interesting bits & bobs! 

        Here's a little collection of interesting bits & bobs from around Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages! Local walks Local walks Here's a lovely local lane…

      • Peak District on film 

        Derbyshire and the Peak District are very beautiful and it seems that Hollywood has noticed. Many movie and television makers take advantage of this beauty in…

      • Pets 

        Sorry, we do not take pets at Blakelow Cottages, except for guide dogs and hearing dogs by prior arrangement. There are several reasons for this: All…

      • Things you may like ... 

        Here's a list of things our guests tell us they love about Blakelow Cottages: Recycling is a way of life for us and is easy to do, we ask our guests to do…

      • Things you may not like ... 

        Here are a few things we'd like you to know: Blakelow Farm is no longer a working farm We have very free-range hens (no cockrel) and pigs We do not…

    • Environmental policy 

      We aim to walk lightly on this earth, taking care of the environment as we go ... We care deeply about the environment and its fragility. When we…

    • Fire prevention policy 

      We try, and ask that you will also take care, to take all reasonable precautions to avoid the risk of fire, particularly when using candles, matches, the log…

    • Links 

      Premier Cottages Self catering holiday cottages - a selection of luxury self catering holiday cottages from around the country. All members of Premier…

    • Our awards 

      We are the proud recipients of various tourism awards: Visit Peak District Excel Awards 2012 – Best Customer Service Award Visit Peak District's Best…

    • Privacy & cookie policy 

      BLAKELOW FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGES (We) are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we…

    • Reasons to visit Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages 

      Here at Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages our aim is to offer discerning houseguests a superb and discreet service in an unpretentious atmosphere of good taste.…

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  • Tariff 

    Our prices are inclusive of utilities, linens, towels, bathrobes, logs and our luxury welcome hamper - click here to see our What's included? page. Below is a…

  • The area 

    The Blakelow setting Here we’ve tried to provide you with lots of information about the things you can do around and about! Derbyshire and the Peak…

    • Around the Area - Gallery 

      The countryside and towns around Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages are glorious, here's a gallery of some of our favourite places and scenes. Click any image…

    • Cycling and walking 

      Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages are Cyclists Welcome and Walkers Welcome accredited by Quality in Tourism for VisitEngland. This means we provide excellent…

    • Local food & shopping 

      The Peak District National Park As well as the area's many farmers’ markets, which sell a huge range of high quality local produce, including award-winnin…

    • Local gardens & events 

      Great Peak District Gardens to Visit … Such is the variety of landscape, style and history across the Peak District that there is almost every kind of…

    • Our location 

      Here's a map showing our location: View Larger Map Our OS grid reference is SK 25463 59694

    • Things to do 

      Have you ever thought, or been inspired by a programme on TV to try something new … maybe we can help. We know that time is precious so we have put…

    • Things to see 

      If the pace of Blakelow Farm gets too slow you will find many attractions within easy travelling distance. Below are links and information about some of…

    • Wildlife, flora and fauna 

      All have been seen on or from Blakelow Farm and Cottages. If you see any wildlife that isn't on this list, please let us know, or write it in the “Journal”…

      • Blakelow nature trail 

        Get close up and personal with Blakelow's wildlife nature trail This beautiful area of The Peak District known as the “White Peak” is extremely special…

  • The Blakelow Suppliers and Partners 

    The Blakelow setting These lovely people and businesses are our local business heroes and partners … they help us to make your stay with us as memorable…


Blog Posts

  • Category: 2011 News  (4)
    • Good news! by: Mary

      4 February 2011

      Our Blakelow Bees have made it through the winter, Sue came over on Sunday to feed them some fondant – just to keep them going for the next month or so and…

    • Lapsed blogging! by: Mary

      27 June 2011

      Pooh, piglets and other bicycles! I feel I should be starting this blog in confession style! Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages - pictured in autumn Forgive…

    • The nights are drawing in! by: Mary

      22 September 2011

      It seems very strange, all of a sudden the nights are drawing in really quickly – the chucks and ducks are tucked up by 7.30pm … bless! We've had a…

    • Visit Peak District - Get Here by: Mary

      16 December 2011

      Visit Peak District's latest promotional video "Get Here" ...

  • Category: 2012 News  (6)
    • Best Customer Service Award by: Mary

      5 June 2012

      Steve Ogan with the award At the Visit Peak District Excel Awards 2012 the Best Customer Service Award … went to - our Steve Ogan - guests comments…

    • Can't believe it's that time of year ... already! by: Mary

      10 July 2012

      Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages - pictured in autumn Well, unbelievably we have been asked about our prices for 2013 ... so we've published the Prices! A…

    • Happy New Year by: Mary

      3 January 2012

      By way of an appetiser for 2012 in "Derbyshire's" Peak District take a look at the latest promotional video ... it's so good I might even visit!!

    • Late availability and a two person discount by: Mary

      1 May 2012

      Late availability and a two person discount - 1 May 2012 We've had a very late cancellation on Christmas Cottage which means we have availability for this…

    • Merry Christmas! by: Mary

      24 December 2012

      Christmas Cottage at Christmas! To all of our guests - past, present and future - we'd like to wish you ... A Merry Christmas and all the very best for…

    • Yipee! All five star! by: Mary

      4 December 2012

        5 Star Self Catering holiday cottages Champagne to celebrate our all five star status! We've just had (last Friday) our annual inspection…

  • Category: 2013 News  (12)
    • 2013 Well dressings by: Mary

      2 May 2013

      A Youlgreave well dressing One of the (many!) things peculiar to the beautiful Peak District region (alright ... and a bit further afield) are the well…

    • Bonsall Well Dressings by: Mary

      2 July 2013

      2012 Wesleyan Chapel Well Dressing The charming little village of Bonsall with it's ancient market cross and manor house is just a couple of miles down the…

    • Coffee treats! by: Mary

      1 June 2013

      Tassimo coffee machine Forgot to post this ... it's an age thing. Last year we had 2 lovely guests stay with us from Barbados (won't give names, data…

    • Have you heard about the fab Blakelow Welcome Hamper? by: Mary

      15 March 2013

      Your very own Blakelow Bear When you come to Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages you can expect the best ... to that end each of our guests will receive a…

    • Hooked on The Village? by: Mary

      8 April 2013

      BBC's The Village Are you watching The Village? Did you know it's been filmed just up the road (... OK it's quite a way - 25 miles) in the North Derbyshire…

    • June and August late availability by: Mary

      27 June 2013

      We have some bits and bobs of availability left in June and August,  you could have a short break in Cranberry Cottage for 2 guests for just £325 -…

    • Late availability - 20th September by: Mary

      17 September 2013

      Filled now! Late Availability Offer - romantic Candle Cottage Due to a late cancellation we have lovely, romantic Candle Cottage available from the 20th…

    • May 2013 offers! by: Mary

      29 April 2013

      Cranberry Cottage - Late Availability We have a couple of weeks Late availability for Cranberry Cottage in May of 2013 ... if you're interested you can…

    • New kitchen for Candle Cottage by: Mary

      8 August 2013

      During - Candle Cottage kitchen Before - Candle Cottage kitchen These are not the best photographs, but they show the new kitchen in Candle Cottage ...…

    • Our 2014 bear by: Mary

      11 October 2013

      2014 Blakelow bear Meet the 2014 Blakelow Bear ... isn't he handsome? If you stay in one of our luxurious holiday cottages then he's part of your…

    • Our local food and shopping guide by: Mary

      11 April 2013

      We're currently working on our Local food and shopping guide. Those of you who have stayed with us will know of our passion for Derbyshire and the Peak Distr…

    • Snow good! by: Mary

      12 March 2013

      Snow good Well, so far 2013 has been a pretty chilly, snowy year! That said we've had lots of lovely guests who've have a fab time! DanielS describes…

  • Category: 2014 News  (18)
    • A virtual wander through our cottages by: Mary

      3 July 2014

      Chess in the courtyard We'd love to welcome you here at Blakelow Farm holiday cottages ... here' a sneak peak video of what you can expect! If you'd…

    • Alice at Chatsworth by: Mary

      4 December 2014

      Alice and the Mad Hatter take tea at Chatsworth House We're hearing very great things about the Alice in Wonderland theme at over at Chatsworth House ~…

    • Bakewell Farmer's Market by: Mary

      24 January 2014

      Bakewell Farmers Market We're very much looking forward to dropping down into Bakewell for the Farmer's Market tomorrow. It's a lovely vibrant affair…

    • Chatsworth pays tribute by: Mary

      2 October 2014

      Deborah Cavendish1920 – 2014 Today Chatsworth and Derbyshire paid tribute to the extraordinary life of Deborah Cavendish, the dowager duchess of…

    • Dreaming of December by: Mary

      10 October 2014

      Christmas mantle 2014 Candle Cottage at Christmas If like us, you’re already counting down the days to December, you’ll love our festive cottages.…

    • Late availability: July & August in Cranberry Cottage by: Mary

      9 July 2014

      Cranberry Cottage - Late Availability We have some July and August late availability in Cranberry Cottage our detached, 2 bedroomed cottage, it’s…

    • Lazy summer picnics ... ! by: Mary

      26 January 2014

      Picnic hamper I know spring and summer might seem a long way off … but guests planning a picnic during their stay can borrow one of these brilliant…

    • Le Tour in the Peak District by: Mary

      17 February 2014

      Tour de France 2014 - Stage 2 map Our slightly cycling bonkers web designer informs me that 2014 will bring Le Tour de France within 30 miles of Blakelow!…

    • Never mind Oscar - Movies in the Peaks! by: Mary

      4 March 2014

      The Oscars Last weekend brought us the 2014 Academy Awards ... the Oscars! But did you know that our very own Peak District is a STAR of the big and small…

    • New Trip Advisor reviews by: Mary

      16 May 2014

      Was thrilled to spot our most recent reviews on Trip Advisor - it's so flattering that people take the time to write a review but it really is made all the…

    • Our 2014 tariff by: Mary

      13 January 2014

      We have held our prices for 2014, not only that, you may have noticed we do not "hike up" our prices at half term. Our prices are inclusive of utilities,…

    • Our top 10 places to pop the question … by: Mary

      11 October 2014

      If you are you looking for a suitably romantic place to get engaged without having to fly across the world … then we may just be able to help. Here at…

    • Peak District | The World Away (Directors Cut) by: Mary

      29 January 2014

      Here's Visit Peak District's latest video offering, which follows on from their fabulous "Get Here" - it gives you a brief taster of how beautiful the area is…

    • Peak District Walking Festival 2014 by: Mary

      19 February 2014

      Peak District Walking Festival Just in case you thought we only loved the cyclists ... Le Tour in the Peak District ... we're going to tell you about the…

    • Peak District World War commemorations by: Mary

      6 June 2014

      They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.At the going down of the sun and in the morning,We will…

    • Starry starry nights by: Mary

      10 March 2014

      The Orion constellation Did you know that the Peak District is home to several Dark Sky places? We get some gorgeous night skies here at Blakelow, but…

    • Sunday Times - ♥ Top 5 most romantic UK holiday cottages! by: Mary

      10 February 2014

      Sunday Times - Travel supplement We were so thrilled to feature in the Sunday Times - Travel supplement yesterday! We were in the "Top 50 UK holiday…

    • Valentine's offer by: Mary

      20 January 2014

      Romantic Valentines Weekend Offer 14 – 17th February 2014 When you book a Romantic Valentines Weekend Break in any of our cottages, we’ll include a free…

  • Category: 2015 News  (10)
    • 2015 calendar highlights by: Mary

      29 January 2015

      There is so much to do around the Peak District each year ... here are some of the Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages favourites for 2015 …  browse below to…

    • Celebrating Cromford - Village Festival by: Mary

      7 May 2015

      Cromford village Cromford is a former mill village just down the hill from Blakelow. In June each year the village holds the Celebrating Cromford…

    • Christmas in the Peak District 2015 by: Mary

      12 October 2015

      Candle Cottage at Christmas As we hurtle towards Christmas 2015 (74 days as I type -sorry!) if your to-do-list is as long as ours then you'll get the need…

    • Easter's done ... next! by: Mary

      10 April 2015

      So Easter is all done, the eggs are gone ... though perhaps not their effects!  😳 The beautiful view from Blakelow Hill Next up in the great Peak…

    • How to get a good night’s sleep … our 5 top tips by: Mary

      12 November 2015

      Tetchy and grumpy! For as long as I can remember I have always needed a good night’s sleep – 8hrs at least. Those who know me well will confirm that on…

    • Our top 10 food shops ... by: Mary

      10 July 2015

      The Blakelow top 10 food stores … for some yummy treats or even a pressie for the house, cat, dog, child - sitter! Chatsworth Farm Shop – Pilsley Plenty…

    • Our top 10 places to dine ... by: Mary

      7 April 2015

      Dine in style Fine dining There are lots of excellent restaurants in the area. Chefs and owners move on from time to time but we do try to keep up with…

    • Pick of the pops by: Mary

      26 May 2015

      Derbyshire and the Peak District now hosts a wide range of music festivals through the summer months - here's our pick: Download Festival - Donington Park…

    • Pride! We love looking after our guests by: Mary

      14 April 2015

      Blakelow Farm luxury holiday cottages pictured from our top field Those of you who've experienced a stay at Blakelow Farm will know that we…

    • Spring comes early to Blakelow! by: Mary

      26 February 2015

      So when does spring start – after years of thinking it had to be the 20th March (or thereabouts) using the Astronomical Seasons. I now find that if I use the…

  • Category: 2016 News  (10)
    • A Very Blakelow Christmas … by: Mary

      21 December 2016

      Do you hear what I hear? Yes, the sound of rustling wrapping paper, carols being belted out on the radio, recipes being shared & lots of laughter!  I LOVE…

    • Autumn is well on it's way ... by: Mary

      7 October 2016

      Hot chocolate As October finally arrives, for us and our guests at Blakelow Farm this can only mean ... Autumn is well on it's way ... Here are some of…

    • Bicycles, bicycles, bicycles everywhere ... !! by: Mary

      4 February 2016

      Could Mary, the website fairy, be any happier?! Current UCI World Road Race Champion - Lizzie Armitstead - Team GB Yesterday the lovely people at the…

    • Blakelow Bear' big day out! by: Steve Ogan

      27 April 2016

      The Blakelow Bear at Haddon Hall Blakelow Bear has visited Haddon Hall which is probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in…

    • Hello 2016! by: Mary

      11 January 2016

      We celebrated retaining our 5 star status in December 2015! As you'll know if you've been a Blakelow guest ~ "Attention to detail" is our motto, so our…

    • New for 2016 … A Blakelow very English Afternoon Tea by: Mary

      6 September 2016

      Our guests can enjoy a quintessentially English Afternoon Tea served in their cottage or on the terrace if the weather permits. Guests are invited to sit…

    • Our Top 10 FAQs by: Mary

      21 January 2016

      Thinking of staying here at Blakelow ... we know how busy you are so we have pulled together our top 10 most frequently asked questions. If you can’t find…

    • RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017 by: Mary

      20 July 2016

      Flowers around Christmas Cottage's front door We're counting down to the first  RHS Chatsworth Flower Show – just 321 days to go! Nick Mattingley,…

    • Seasonal Scents and Spices by: Mary

      21 November 2016

      Our homemade biscuits in the Blakelow hamper come with a dusting of nutmeg – Blakelow Melts recipe below. But did you know that Nutmeg is a great wintery…

    • Time for some Blakelow Hygge by: Mary

      27 October 2016

      We love that the Danish concept of hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is spreading its warmth across the world. Hygge is a feeling or mood that comes from taking…

  • Category: 2017 News  (4)
    • Looking back over 2016 ... by: Mary

      6 January 2017

      I call it looking back, but it's much more of a review, forward-looking and a little goal-setting (not just about losing some weight either … although that…

    • New for 2017 - Booking protection by: Mary

      1 January 2017

      Not ever so "rock and roll" ... but we're pleased to tell you that we can now offer our guests Booking refund protection with Booking Protect Limited. …

    • Supporting a new local business by: Mary

      16 February 2017

      Very soon farmers markets (especially our brilliant Bakewell Farmers Market) will be offering early spring crops such as rhubarb and asparagus. Also, growers…

    • Valentines at Blakelow by: Mary

      23 January 2017

      Valentines romance is in the air… it always is at Blakelow! When it comes to romantic retreats Blakelow is perfect for a spontaneous romantic getaway.…

  • Category: News  (64)
    • 2013 Well dressings by: Mary

      2 May 2013

      A Youlgreave well dressing One of the (many!) things peculiar to the beautiful Peak District region (alright ... and a bit further afield) are the well…

    • 2015 calendar highlights by: Mary

      29 January 2015

      There is so much to do around the Peak District each year ... here are some of the Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages favourites for 2015 …  browse below to…

    • A Very Blakelow Christmas … by: Mary

      21 December 2016

      Do you hear what I hear? Yes, the sound of rustling wrapping paper, carols being belted out on the radio, recipes being shared & lots of laughter!  I LOVE…

    • A virtual wander through our cottages by: Mary

      3 July 2014

      Chess in the courtyard We'd love to welcome you here at Blakelow Farm holiday cottages ... here' a sneak peak video of what you can expect! If you'd…

    • Alice at Chatsworth by: Mary

      4 December 2014

      Alice and the Mad Hatter take tea at Chatsworth House We're hearing very great things about the Alice in Wonderland theme at over at Chatsworth House ~…

    • Autumn is well on it's way ... by: Mary

      7 October 2016

      Hot chocolate As October finally arrives, for us and our guests at Blakelow Farm this can only mean ... Autumn is well on it's way ... Here are some of…

    • Bakewell Farmer's Market by: Mary

      24 January 2014

      Bakewell Farmers Market We're very much looking forward to dropping down into Bakewell for the Farmer's Market tomorrow. It's a lovely vibrant affair…

    • Best Customer Service Award by: Mary

      5 June 2012

      Steve Ogan with the award At the Visit Peak District Excel Awards 2012 the Best Customer Service Award … went to - our Steve Ogan - guests comments…

    • Bicycles, bicycles, bicycles everywhere ... !! by: Mary

      4 February 2016

      Could Mary, the website fairy, be any happier?! Current UCI World Road Race Champion - Lizzie Armitstead - Team GB Yesterday the lovely people at the…

    • Blakelow Bear' big day out! by: Steve Ogan

      27 April 2016

      The Blakelow Bear at Haddon Hall Blakelow Bear has visited Haddon Hall which is probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in…

    • Bonsall Well Dressings by: Mary

      2 July 2013

      2012 Wesleyan Chapel Well Dressing The charming little village of Bonsall with it's ancient market cross and manor house is just a couple of miles down the…

    • Can't believe it's that time of year ... already! by: Mary

      10 July 2012

      Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages - pictured in autumn Well, unbelievably we have been asked about our prices for 2013 ... so we've published the Prices! A…

    • Celebrating Cromford - Village Festival by: Mary

      7 May 2015

      Cromford village Cromford is a former mill village just down the hill from Blakelow. In June each year the village holds the Celebrating Cromford…

    • Chatsworth pays tribute by: Mary

      2 October 2014

      Deborah Cavendish1920 – 2014 Today Chatsworth and Derbyshire paid tribute to the extraordinary life of Deborah Cavendish, the dowager duchess of…

    • Christmas in the Peak District 2015 by: Mary

      12 October 2015

      Candle Cottage at Christmas As we hurtle towards Christmas 2015 (74 days as I type -sorry!) if your to-do-list is as long as ours then you'll get the need…

    • Coffee treats! by: Mary

      1 June 2013

      Tassimo coffee machine Forgot to post this ... it's an age thing. Last year we had 2 lovely guests stay with us from Barbados (won't give names, data…

    • Dreaming of December by: Mary

      10 October 2014

      Christmas mantle 2014 Candle Cottage at Christmas If like us, you’re already counting down the days to December, you’ll love our festive cottages.…

    • Easter's done ... next! by: Mary

      10 April 2015

      So Easter is all done, the eggs are gone ... though perhaps not their effects!  😳 The beautiful view from Blakelow Hill Next up in the great Peak…

    • Good news! by: Mary

      4 February 2011

      Our Blakelow Bees have made it through the winter, Sue came over on Sunday to feed them some fondant – just to keep them going for the next month or so and…

    • Happy New Year by: Mary

      3 January 2012

      By way of an appetiser for 2012 in "Derbyshire's" Peak District take a look at the latest promotional video ... it's so good I might even visit!!

    • Have you heard about the fab Blakelow Welcome Hamper? by: Mary

      15 March 2013

      Your very own Blakelow Bear When you come to Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages you can expect the best ... to that end each of our guests will receive a…

    • Hello 2016! by: Mary

      11 January 2016

      We celebrated retaining our 5 star status in December 2015! As you'll know if you've been a Blakelow guest ~ "Attention to detail" is our motto, so our…

    • Hooked on The Village? by: Mary

      8 April 2013

      BBC's The Village Are you watching The Village? Did you know it's been filmed just up the road (... OK it's quite a way - 25 miles) in the North Derbyshire…

    • How to get a good night’s sleep … our 5 top tips by: Mary

      12 November 2015

      Tetchy and grumpy! For as long as I can remember I have always needed a good night’s sleep – 8hrs at least. Those who know me well will confirm that on…

    • June and August late availability by: Mary

      27 June 2013

      We have some bits and bobs of availability left in June and August,  you could have a short break in Cranberry Cottage for 2 guests for just £325 -…

    • Lapsed blogging! by: Mary

      27 June 2011

      Pooh, piglets and other bicycles! I feel I should be starting this blog in confession style! Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages - pictured in autumn Forgive…

    • Late availability - 20th September by: Mary

      17 September 2013

      Filled now! Late Availability Offer - romantic Candle Cottage Due to a late cancellation we have lovely, romantic Candle Cottage available from the 20th…

    • Late availability and a two person discount by: Mary

      1 May 2012

      Late availability and a two person discount - 1 May 2012 We've had a very late cancellation on Christmas Cottage which means we have availability for this…

    • Late availability: July & August in Cranberry Cottage by: Mary

      9 July 2014

      Cranberry Cottage - Late Availability We have some July and August late availability in Cranberry Cottage our detached, 2 bedroomed cottage, it’s…

    • Lazy summer picnics ... ! by: Mary

      26 January 2014

      Picnic hamper I know spring and summer might seem a long way off … but guests planning a picnic during their stay can borrow one of these brilliant…

    • Le Tour in the Peak District by: Mary

      17 February 2014

      Tour de France 2014 - Stage 2 map Our slightly cycling bonkers web designer informs me that 2014 will bring Le Tour de France within 30 miles of Blakelow!…

    • Looking back over 2016 ... by: Mary

      6 January 2017

      I call it looking back, but it's much more of a review, forward-looking and a little goal-setting (not just about losing some weight either … although that…

    • May 2013 offers! by: Mary

      29 April 2013

      Cranberry Cottage - Late Availability We have a couple of weeks Late availability for Cranberry Cottage in May of 2013 ... if you're interested you can…

    • Merry Christmas! by: Mary

      24 December 2012

      Christmas Cottage at Christmas! To all of our guests - past, present and future - we'd like to wish you ... A Merry Christmas and all the very best for…

    • Never mind Oscar - Movies in the Peaks! by: Mary

      4 March 2014

      The Oscars Last weekend brought us the 2014 Academy Awards ... the Oscars! But did you know that our very own Peak District is a STAR of the big and small…

    • New for 2016 … A Blakelow very English Afternoon Tea by: Mary

      6 September 2016

      Our guests can enjoy a quintessentially English Afternoon Tea served in their cottage or on the terrace if the weather permits. Guests are invited to sit…

    • New for 2017 - Booking protection by: Mary

      1 January 2017

      Not ever so "rock and roll" ... but we're pleased to tell you that we can now offer our guests Booking refund protection with Booking Protect Limited. …

    • New kitchen for Candle Cottage by: Mary

      8 August 2013

      During - Candle Cottage kitchen Before - Candle Cottage kitchen These are not the best photographs, but they show the new kitchen in Candle Cottage ...…

    • New Trip Advisor reviews by: Mary

      16 May 2014

      Was thrilled to spot our most recent reviews on Trip Advisor - it's so flattering that people take the time to write a review but it really is made all the…

    • Our 2014 bear by: Mary

      11 October 2013

      2014 Blakelow bear Meet the 2014 Blakelow Bear ... isn't he handsome? If you stay in one of our luxurious holiday cottages then he's part of your…

    • Our 2014 tariff by: Mary

      13 January 2014

      We have held our prices for 2014, not only that, you may have noticed we do not "hike up" our prices at half term. Our prices are inclusive of utilities,…

    • Our local food and shopping guide by: Mary

      11 April 2013

      We're currently working on our Local food and shopping guide. Those of you who have stayed with us will know of our passion for Derbyshire and the Peak Distr…

    • Our Top 10 FAQs by: Mary

      21 January 2016

      Thinking of staying here at Blakelow ... we know how busy you are so we have pulled together our top 10 most frequently asked questions. If you can’t find…

    • Our top 10 food shops ... by: Mary

      10 July 2015

      The Blakelow top 10 food stores … for some yummy treats or even a pressie for the house, cat, dog, child - sitter! Chatsworth Farm Shop – Pilsley Plenty…

    • Our top 10 places to dine ... by: Mary

      7 April 2015

      Dine in style Fine dining There are lots of excellent restaurants in the area. Chefs and owners move on from time to time but we do try to keep up with…

    • Our top 10 places to pop the question … by: Mary

      11 October 2014

      If you are you looking for a suitably romantic place to get engaged without having to fly across the world … then we may just be able to help. Here at…

    • Peak District | The World Away (Directors Cut) by: Mary

      29 January 2014

      Here's Visit Peak District's latest video offering, which follows on from their fabulous "Get Here" - it gives you a brief taster of how beautiful the area is…

    • Peak District Walking Festival 2014 by: Mary

      19 February 2014

      Peak District Walking Festival Just in case you thought we only loved the cyclists ... Le Tour in the Peak District ... we're going to tell you about the…

    • Peak District World War commemorations by: Mary

      6 June 2014

      They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.At the going down of the sun and in the morning,We will…

    • Pick of the pops by: Mary

      26 May 2015

      Derbyshire and the Peak District now hosts a wide range of music festivals through the summer months - here's our pick: Download Festival - Donington Park…

    • Pride! We love looking after our guests by: Mary

      14 April 2015

      Blakelow Farm luxury holiday cottages pictured from our top field Those of you who've experienced a stay at Blakelow Farm will know that we…

    • RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017 by: Mary

      20 July 2016

      Flowers around Christmas Cottage's front door We're counting down to the first  RHS Chatsworth Flower Show – just 321 days to go! Nick Mattingley,…

    • Seasonal Scents and Spices by: Mary

      21 November 2016

      Our homemade biscuits in the Blakelow hamper come with a dusting of nutmeg – Blakelow Melts recipe below. But did you know that Nutmeg is a great wintery…

    • Snow good! by: Mary

      12 March 2013

      Snow good Well, so far 2013 has been a pretty chilly, snowy year! That said we've had lots of lovely guests who've have a fab time! DanielS describes…

    • Spring comes early to Blakelow! by: Mary

      26 February 2015

      So when does spring start – after years of thinking it had to be the 20th March (or thereabouts) using the Astronomical Seasons. I now find that if I use the…

    • Starry starry nights by: Mary

      10 March 2014

      The Orion constellation Did you know that the Peak District is home to several Dark Sky places? We get some gorgeous night skies here at Blakelow, but…

    • Sunday Times - ♥ Top 5 most romantic UK holiday cottages! by: Mary

      10 February 2014

      Sunday Times - Travel supplement We were so thrilled to feature in the Sunday Times - Travel supplement yesterday! We were in the "Top 50 UK holiday…

    • Supporting a new local business by: Mary

      16 February 2017

      Very soon farmers markets (especially our brilliant Bakewell Farmers Market) will be offering early spring crops such as rhubarb and asparagus. Also, growers…

    • The nights are drawing in! by: Mary

      22 September 2011

      It seems very strange, all of a sudden the nights are drawing in really quickly – the chucks and ducks are tucked up by 7.30pm … bless! We've had a…

    • Time for some Blakelow Hygge by: Mary

      27 October 2016

      We love that the Danish concept of hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is spreading its warmth across the world. Hygge is a feeling or mood that comes from taking…

    • Valentine's offer by: Mary

      20 January 2014

      Romantic Valentines Weekend Offer 14 – 17th February 2014 When you book a Romantic Valentines Weekend Break in any of our cottages, we’ll include a free…

    • Valentines at Blakelow by: Mary

      23 January 2017

      Valentines romance is in the air… it always is at Blakelow! When it comes to romantic retreats Blakelow is perfect for a spontaneous romantic getaway.…

    • Visit Peak District - Get Here by: Mary

      16 December 2011

      Visit Peak District's latest promotional video "Get Here" ...

    • Yipee! All five star! by: Mary

      4 December 2012

        5 Star Self Catering holiday cottages Champagne to celebrate our all five star status! We've just had (last Friday) our annual inspection…

  • Category: Top 10  (4)
    • Our Top 10 FAQs by: Mary

      21 January 2016

      Thinking of staying here at Blakelow ... we know how busy you are so we have pulled together our top 10 most frequently asked questions. If you can’t find…

    • Our top 10 food shops ... by: Mary

      10 July 2015

      The Blakelow top 10 food stores … for some yummy treats or even a pressie for the house, cat, dog, child - sitter! Chatsworth Farm Shop – Pilsley Plenty…

    • Our top 10 places to dine ... by: Mary

      7 April 2015

      Dine in style Fine dining There are lots of excellent restaurants in the area. Chefs and owners move on from time to time but we do try to keep up with…

    • Our top 10 places to pop the question … by: Mary

      11 October 2014

      If you are you looking for a suitably romantic place to get engaged without having to fly across the world … then we may just be able to help. Here at…

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